An eighth man was charged with supporting an act of terrorism in the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from her vacation home. Attorney General Dana Nessel said Brian Higgins, 51, was arrested in Wisconsin Thursday. He allegedly brought night-vision goggles to aid surveillance of Whitmer’s home, NPR reports. Higgins participated “in a plan of domestic terrorism that included storming the Michigan Capitol building and harming government officials,” Nessel’s office said. The eight men are members of the militia group Wolverine Watchmen or are associates of the group, the attorney general’s office said. They face a total of 20 state felony charges. Another six men are facing federal charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
“Wolverine Watchmen members together with another group led by Adam Fox, the ‘Michigan III%ers,’ engaged in planning and training for various acts of violence,” the affidavit about Higgins says, “including kidnapping politicians and storming the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing.” Michigan has been a hot spot for disagreements over shutdowns and other restrictions Whitmer ordered to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus — actions that allegedly prompted the plot against her. The affidavit says some of the men were motivated by a desire to punish government officials who they believed were violating the U.S. Constitution. State prosecutors say the suspects joined forces with the goal of targeting law enforcement officers and “made threats of violence to instigate a civil war leading to societal collapse.” The men trained in tactical exercises and discussed plans to kidnap Whitmer before the November election, the affidavit says. They were also preparing for the “boogaloo” — a term alluding to a racial or political civil war.